Swiss Watch Tours And Museums – A Must See For Horology History & Watchmaking

Visiting Switzerland? Did you know that its the central hub of the world’s prestigious watches in the world which include some of the more notable brands like Rolex, Petek Phillip, Breitling, Omega, Tudor and more?

If not, then you will learn about some of the amazing tours and museums on offer.

If you are passionate about the history of horology then you will find that the watch tours and museums and even workshops to be right up your ally. Even if you are not a watch enthusiast, its a must-visit.

Experience watchmaking history with these essential tours and museums.

 

Cite Du Temps – Swatch Collection, Geneva

Did you have a swatch when you were growing up? did you probably remember the buzz of Swatch with their fun, wacky and modern designs?

The swatch museum and an essential tour for those who ever saw a swatch watch. Experience a bunch of private collections that will blow you away with aw.

LA CITÉ DU TEMPS

Pont de la Machine 1
1204 Genève
Switzerland
Telephone+41 22 818 39 00
Emailcontact@citedutemps.com
Websitewww.citedutemps.com

 

International Clock Museum, La Chaux-de-Fonds

Horology at its finest, and you will never see inventions and the creations anywhere else in the world. Explore the various displays that will make you wonder about “how they did that”. You will also have the option to visit the watchmaking workshops where you can delve into the watchmaking artistry that has been perfected for the last 200 years.

Rue des Musées 29
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Switzerland
Telephone: +41 32 967 68 61
Emailmih@ne.ch
Websitewww.chaux-de-fonds.ch

Watch Museum, Welschenrohr

More 100-year-old workshops that walk you through the time of the advancements of watchmaking history. Discover the tools of the trade and the equipment they used before computerized manufacture that will leave you in shock on the talent and skill is required to make a simple wearable timepiece.

Fabrikstrasse 172,
Welschenrohr
Switzerland
Telephone+41 32 639 12 23
Websitewww.uhrundzeit.com

Haus Zum Kirschgarten, Basel

If you are in Bael and you want to go before the time of watches – this museum will show you the incredible time instruments that were used for measuring time. Over 200 sundials, 200+ mechanical clocks from private and rare collections and watches you’ll never see again.

Elisabethenstrasse 27/29
4051 Basel
Switzerland
Telephone+41 61 205 86 78
Emailhistorisches.museum@bs.ch
Websitewww.hmb.ch

Hess Uhren, Lucerne

Experience modern watchmaking from Walter Hess where he makes and sells is own watches from his workshop in Lucerne. His pieces are handmade in-store and are a perfect depiction of Swiss watchmaking at its finest.

Hess Uhren

Stiftstrasse 4
Luzern 600
Switzerland
Telephone+41 41 322 44 88
Emailinfo@hessuhren.ch
Websitewww.hessuhren.ch

 

Beyer Clock & Watch Museum, Zurich

Watches that go all the way back to 1400 BC. You will experience over 250 historic pieces in horology history, right in the heart of Zurich.

Beyer Museum

Bahnhofstrasse 31
Zurich
Switzerland
Telephone+41 43 344 63 63
Emailwebkontakt@beyer-ch.com
Websitewww.beyer-ch.com

Patek Philippe Museum, Geneva

World-famous for their watches worn by the elite and where collectors and punters can rejoice in the appreciation of Petek Phillip history.

Their collection ranges from 16th to 19th century and to current modals you may see in high end authorized dealers.

Patek Philippe Museum

Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 7
Geneva
Switzerland
Telephone+41 22 707 30 10
Emailinfo@patekmuseum.com
Websitewww.patekmuseum.com

IWC Schaffhausen Museum, Biel
IWC has a known part of producing some of the best aviator watches in history and now you can see the whole collection of their pieces in one place with their new state of the art Museum in Biel.

IWC Museum

IWC has a known part of producing some of the best aviator watches in history and now you can see the whole collection of their pieces in one place with their new state of the art Museum in Biel.

Baumgartenstrasse 15
CH-8201 Schaffhausen Switzerland
Websitewww.iwc.com

Omega Museum, Biel

The preferred watch used on the Apollo moon landing has since solidified Omega in the history books of world-class watches.

Now you can walk through the Omega museum that showcases 400 piece watch collection with over 160 years in horology history.

This a must-see as you will see all the major tidbits of Omega history and its worth a look.

Museum Omega
Stämpflistrasse 96
2504 Biel/Bienne
Switzerland
Telephone+41 32 343 91 31

Longines Museum, St-Imier

If you are in St-Imier then the Longines Museum is near you to go explore. With watches from the early 1800s to current day collections, you will learn about the History of the Longines, everything from pocket watches, wristwatches, and even their marketing and advertisements.

Longines Museum
Compagnie des Montres Longines Francillon SA
2610 St-Imier
Switzerland
Telephone+41 32 9 425 425
Websitewww.longines.com

Espace Horloger in Le Sentier

Everything related to swiss watchmaking if you are around Le Sentier. This museum has some great displays and tours on some of the world’s best horological displays of modern watchmaking and is highly recommended.

Espace Horloger
Grande-Rue 2, Le Sentier, Switzerland
Telephone: +41 21 845 75 45
Website: www.espacehorloger.ch/

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